Katie Holmes transforms into Jacqueline Kennedy

Katie Holmes takes on the role of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the History Channel‘s first ever docudrama, The Kennedys, which premieres September 19-22 at 9 PM.
“I worked as hard as I could because I loved her,” said Katie, who spent many evenings practicing Kennedy’s accent.

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Images from the miniseries show the actress wearing almost exact replicas of some of the late first lady’s outfits.
They were created by costume designer Chris Hargadon in collaboration with Holmes, who “came with a lot of research under her belt and had certain likes.”

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The costume designer said he also relied on meticulous research, extensive photographs,and film images of “one of the most documented families in the world,” to recreate many of the styles in the fashion icon’s wardrobe.
He scoured the United States and Canada and shopped online through vintage dealers for fabrics that helped him achieve authentic looks.

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The controversial eight-part miniseries was initially pulled from airing in the U.S. after complaints from the Kennedy family.
The stormy epic examines John F. Kennedy’s time in the Presidency (including the Kennedys’ alleged womanizing) up to his assassination in 1963.
It also tells that story of a manipulative, egocentric father determined to live out his own ambitions through his sons, who in turn spent their lives dancing to his tune while at the same time trying to stand on their own

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Cast:
Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy
Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy
Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy
Tom Wilkinson as Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
Chris Diamantopoulos as Frank Sinatra
Charlotte Sullivan as Marilyn Monroe
Diana Hardcastle as Rose Kennedy
Kristin Booth as Ethel Kennedy
Serge Houde as Sam Giancana
Enrico Colantoni as J. Edgar Hoover
Don Allison as Lyndon B. Johnson
Gabriel Hogan as Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

Guilty pleasure!

The nice thing about being huli sa balita or last to know, TV-wise, is you get to download the entire season in one go.
Vuze.com changed my life. Before Vuze, I didn’t even know how torrents worked.
So after the watching the entire first season of The A-List New York in three nights, I was looking for another thing to watch.

Then I overheard Bea Ledesma and JR Isaac talking about the suicide of one of the “real husbands” of Beverly Hills.
I had also picked up in the comments section of this blog that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are mega rich, unlike their New York counterparts.
So I downloaded the entire Season One and watched five episodes last night. I am hooked!
And here’s what I think: they make the New York housewives look poor and skanky!

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L-R: Kim Richards, Taylor Armstrong, Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer

AS for the Beverly Hills housewives, here are my impressions:
This is a good picture of Lisa Vanderpump. She’s English and I find her accent jirita (annoying). I also find her boring.
Reminds me of: Catherine Zeta Jones.

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At first, Taylor Armstrong looks really stunning, until you realize she’s too thin, her cheeks and temples are sunken. I had never seen sunken temples until she had them injected with fillers. I’m scared of her collagen lips.

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It was Taylor’s estranged husband Russell who committed suicide last Monday at the age of 47. R.I.P.

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Adrienne Maloof seems like the richest one of all. I find this woman bonggang-bongga (fabulous) with their hotel, casino, basketball team, etc.
She has a husband who adores her but whom she makes deadma (ignores) most of the time.
Reminds me of: Mariah Carey x Joycelyn Wildenstein.

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I find Camille Grammer the most stunning of all even though she’s some kind of slutita. She’s a great dancer. I think she’s a threat to every woman because she loves to hang around men and vice versa. I wonder how she keeps her marriage to Kelsey Grammer intact.
Reminds me of: Felicity Huffman

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For me, the train wreck of the show is Kim Richards. I became very interested to watch because of her. I had grown up with Kim Richards movies like Escape to Witch Mountain and Return to Witch Mountain, where she was so cute.

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And now I’m scared every time she’s on the screen. She looks exactly how I don’t want to grow old, with her pained expression and scary waist length hair. But oh, she has the best-looking kids! Her sister Kathy, by the way, is the mother of Paris Hilton—do you see a resemblance? (Read: shokot)

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Finally, there’s Kyle Richards, who tries to keep her sister Kim in check as a promise to their mother on her death bed. Her husband and children adore her. I would say she has it good.
Reminds us of: Demi Moore

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So now you know why my eyebags have eyebags. Can’t wait to see the rest.

To know more about them, click here.

Kenkoy goes Solo

After featuring Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life last year, Solo highlights Tony Velasquez’s Kenkoy in its Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia collection.

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Antonio “Tony” Velasquez created Kenkoy way back in 1929.
Long before there were movie stars in the Philippines, there was a pop icon named Francisco Harabas, more popularly known as Kenkoy.
As Tony Velasquez described him, “He is always pusturyoso.” He was a debonair and his trademark fashion was Western influenced—decked in suspenders, patent shoes, a double-breasted suit, baggy pants, a sailor hat, and slicked back hair.

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Kenkoy became a popular comic strip in the country because of the character’s wit, humor, antics, colonial way of thinking, and carabao English.
It gained such a massive following that it was adapted into movies in the 1950s-’60s and a musical in the early ’90s.

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Now, Solo’s Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia takes the iconic Kenkoy comic strip and puts it on “his and hers” graphic tees, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, long-sleeve shirts, shorts, necklaces, sling bags, watches, vanity sets and lighters that will hit Solo stores in September.
Each Memorabilia Series item will have its own bio-tag of Tony Velasquez and its own unique packaging.

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Read more about Tony Velasquez here.

http://www.solo.com.ph/

Burberry goes digital (What I did in Beijing)

BEIJING, CHINA—It seems everyone’s going online, live streaming, and digital—from Vicki Belo to Louis Vuitton to Burberry.
It’s my first time in Beijing and only for an overnight to attend the brand’s most technologically innovative event to date, hosted by chief creative officer Christopher Bailey.
I’m a huge fan of Christopher Bailey, so I immediately said yes even though I would have to fly alone.
Never fear, I flew Cathay Pacific and stayed at the Ritz-Carlton.

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You know I love the banyo

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Checked in at 4 PM, enjoyed the room, got dressed, and went down to the lobby at 7:30 PM.
Along with other lifestyle and fashion writers from the region, I spotted a group of good-looking Burberry-suited men, among them Christopher Bailey who was introduced to his “date” for the evening, Chinese singer/actress Fan Bing Bing.

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By 8 p.m., we were taken by cars to the Beijing Television Centre where 1,000 guests arrived

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Spotted: British actor Sam Claflin

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Models Shupei

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Seb Brice

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Edie Campbell

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Jourdan Dunn

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Cara Delavigne

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Tom Guinness

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British alternative rock band Keane

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and of course Christopher Bailey with Fan Bing Bing, who reminds me of me in the ’80s (read: ghostly)

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Christopher Bailey stopped by the media on his way in.

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No expenses were spared as we were led through illuminated hallways into a 2,000-square-meter sound stage overflowing with cocktails.

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Using groundbreaking virtual image technology, we were taken through four British seasons of weather via wall and ceiling projections complemented by carefully curated music.
In an out-of-this-world fashion show, British models Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Charlie France, Seb Brice and Chinese model Shupei were joined by life-like holograms of themselves. It was difficult to tell the difference between hologram and model until one of them would turn into snow and disappear before coming back in a whole new outfit.

After the runway show, Keane performed in a 40-minute concert, followed by live sets by British model/DJ Tom Guinness and Chinese DJ ShanXi.

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The event was live-streamed globally through http://www.burberry.com/ and over 200 partner sites around the world, as well as streamed directly into over 50 Retail Theatres in Burberry stores around the world.

The next day we were toured around Burberry’s most technologically advanced store in Beijing, with a giant 5x9m LED wall outside.

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Follow the chica girls

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I love her coat

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The store reflects the new Burberry design concept developed by Christopher Bailey, who chose all the music played in advanced sound systems and made sure British materials and themes were used throughout the building.
It carries the complete Burberry range, including Burberry Prorsum, Burberry London, Burberry Brit, Burberry Sport, Burberry Accessories, as well as eyewear, fragrance and watches.

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After a massive tour of all things Burberry, it was time to go home.
In the Philippines, Burberry is exclusively available through Stores Specialists Inc. with shops located at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Makati, and Shangri-La Plaza.

SM’s Mega week

Things are getting hot at SM Megamall, where Paris Hilton was today. (Photo: Cathei Que)

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In other news, Pepper Lunch Megamall is about to open anytime soon, right next to good neighbor Bonchon Chicken and the newly opened SM Supermarket where Powerbooks used to be.
Last Saturday we were there for the blessing of the 6th Pepper Lunch franchise in the Philippines, with the help of our friend Fr. Allen de Guzman, imported from the Chapel of Caleruega, Nasugbu, Batangas. :)

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Outside, some people already wanted to enter

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The best part: showering of coins

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Note from my boss: Star Deals are back!
As a treat to our young customers, simply present your student ID to receive a 10% discount on any of these Star Deal meals:
• Beef Yakiniku Pepper Rice
• Pork Yakiniku Pepper Rice
• Cha Han, a delicious mixed pepper rice with beef, chicken, fresh shrimp and omelet
• Chicken Teriyaki Pepper Rice with egg
• Garlic Beef Pepper Rice
Available daily at Pepper Lunch Rockwell, Shangri-La, Alabang Town Center (Corte de las Palmas) Robinson’s Place Ermita and Greenbelt 5.

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After the blessing I took Ben to the launch of Gap Kids and Baby Gap Portobello collection at Atrium.
Taking a cue from street art found on Portobello Road, West London, kids and adults were invited to draw on tarp-covered walls and tote bags, along with Wee Will Doodle.

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Ben and I sat next to happy couple Nelz and Karen of Wee Will Doodle

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Nelz and Karen made this

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Ben made two bags including this

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and the bag (yellow face) in the middle. He was very excited to see his bag on display.

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The bags are on display at Gap Megamall and the best tote design will get featured in Gap Kids’ next gift with purchase promotion.

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Gap Kids and babyGap are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Casual Clothing Specialists, Inc. (CCSI), a subsidiary of Stores Specialists, Inc. with stores at SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Glorietta 4, Bonifacio High Street, and SM Megamall.

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